December 30, leaders of the Normandy Four will discuss the course of implementation of Minsk agreements and prospects to settle down the conflict in eastern Ukraine in the coming year (radiosvoboda.org). According to the Administration of President of Ukraine, the conversation will be held by telephone.
President Petro Poroshenko states Russia-backed militants continue to violate the ceasefire and explicitly launch provocations. At the same time, the mercenaries say Ukraine refuses to adhere to Minsk agreements. On their web pages, members of the so-called DPR write that such decision will result in “complete failure of the Kyiv government”.
German Foreign Minister Frank-Walther Steinmeier urged the both warring parties to abide by the ceasefire that was offered by Minsk Trilateral Contact Group on December 23 – in particular, during the winter holidays.
Ukraine’s Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council Olexandr Turchynov said the Minsk peaceful process will go on in 2016 and expressed hope there would be more progress in this area next year.
The validity of Minsk agreements runs out tomorrow, December 31. It is expected that the Normandy Four leaders will officially extend it for the next year. The officials will also determine the format of the Minsk Trilateral Contact Group’s work in 2016.